DURBAN - It is still too early to assess the impact that violent rains and flooding in Durban has had on the local economy. This is according to the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) - the department responsible for disaster management in KwaZulu-Natal.
Businesses were affected for most parts of Tuesday with many residents staying indoors or being advised to stay off the roads. A number of businesses were also affected due to road closures with workers not being able to travel to work.
One Durban business owner said that although he did not have any damage to his premises and his workers turned up, he was not able to deliver goods to his customers.
Some parts of the Durban CBD was also flooded leading to business owners closing their shops.
Cogta spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela said that while they would not be able to project the monetary value of the damages so far, businesses had been severely affected.
He said that businesses would be affected negatively due to road closures and people not being able to travel to where they need to be.
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